Written and Directed by Richard Ayoade
I drowned in excess quirk watching Submarine, a cloying coming-of-age dramedy about a young teen who attempts to lose his virginity and save his parents’ marriage at the same time.
First time writer-director Richard Ayoade has a very distinctive voice, which is impressive. Not all novice filmmakers can express their voice so clearly in their debut motion pictures. But my problem is, I didn’t like his voice. At all. It’s relentlessly offbeat and idiosyncratic, making it impossible for me to give a damn about Oliver or his folks. (Never mind his would-be lover, Jordana, one of the most annoying characters I’ve seen on screen all year).
I’m not sure what I’m missing here. The reception of Submarine is fairly upbeat. Then again, in more ways than one, the film reminds me of the work of Wes Anderson, who is revered as a creative individual and whose appeal I still do not get.
But what do I know?